Biography of John Grobe


Grobe, John, Buffalo, was born in Saxe-Coburg, Gotha, Germany, February 4, 1835, and is one of a family of two sons and one daughter of Volkmer Grobe and Magdelena Harthauss, who came to America and settled in Buffalo in 1850. Mr. Grobe cared for his parents from that time until their deaths at the age of seventysix and eighty-four respectively. The father was a grain dealer in Germany. John Grobe received a thorough German education, and being master of several languages became interpreter for the old Michigan Central line of steamers, a position he held many years, or until the line was abandoned. Meantime he had been actively in terested in politics, and in October, 1861, was elected civil constable of the old Fifth ward for two years. In June, 1863, he enlisted in the 65th Regiment, N. Y. Militia, and near the end of that year 5oined the Secret Service, with which he was connected until the close of the war, acting principally between New York and Buffalo. Being conversant with most of the. European languages and withal keen and shrewd, he made a most valuable man in this capacity. He had many narrow escapes and was shot at a number of times. After the war he was a special detective on the Buffalo police force, stationed at the stock yards, until 1874, when he resigned to engage in the live stock business, in which he has since continued. He also conducts the East Buffalo Hotel, which he built in 1874. For nearly five years under President Cleveland he was a government appraiser of cattle. He is a staunch Democrat, was in earlier life a delegate to various city, county and assembly conventions and was the organizer of the George Stoneway Post, G. A. R., which he has served as commander from the first. In 1855 he married Mary Froelich, a native of Erie county, and their children are John L., government live stock examiner nuder the Agricultural Department; Louise, Mrs. Julius Behling; Mrs. Augusta Werrick, William L., and Mamie.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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